Self-Determination

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Self-Determination

The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

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The case of the Sudeten Germans (and, to a lesser extent, of the Albanians in Kosovo) raises a further question: Should the unhindered right of self-determination be applied also when the exercise of such a right might endanger the sovereignty of an already established state?
Nonetheless, equally consistent with our internationalism is our commitment to the right of self-determination. That right is now riddled with contradictions and complications.
The need to exercise the right of self-determination is no fiction or political slogan.
There was no other example to match such a brave struggle of Kashmiris for the right of self-determination, he maintained.
Stating "the territory of a colony or other non-self-governing territory has under the Charter a status separate and distinct from the territory of the state administering it,"(51) it maintained that it is not until the people within that territory "exercise their right of self-determination" can that status be changed.
The era of darkness and atrocities had to fade away and it would be Kashmir people to win in their cherished struggle of securing right of self-determination In-Sha-Allah the day is not far away when they would join their brethren living on this side of the Line of Control.
He said right of self-determination was the basic right of Kashmiri people and they should not be deprived of it.
The Administrator DMC Karachi South said that February 5 is marked as a day of solidarity with the Kashmiri brothers in their just struggle for the right of self-determination.
They demanded the right of self-determination for Kashmiris, appreciated their freedom struggle, expressed solidarity with them and urged international community to play its due role and fulfill its pledges made with Kashmiri people.
Muzaffarabad -- The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has called the media to play their vital role in highlighting the inalienable right of self-determination to people of Kashmir.
'Our this struggle will continue until the Kashmiris get their right of self-determination,' he added.
Introducing the draft, Pakistani delegate Diyar Khan highlighted the importance of the right of self-determination.